Choosing a Computer Repair Tool Kit

Whether you're in the business of repairing computers and workstations, or you just want to keep your home computers up and running, owning a computer repair tool kit is a good idea. These computer repair tool kits are fairly easy to find on various geek and techie sites. However, make sure the tool kit you purchase has the essentials.

The Essentials

There are some items that no computer repair tool kit should be without.

Every tool kit needs a wire stripper, to remove rubber insulation from the ends of wires to expose the metal to the point of contact. Be sure your kit includes a magnifying glass, to make tiny computer parts easier to see, and at least one pair of fine-nose tweezers, also for micro parts.

A computer repair tool kit should also include some tightening tools; a six-piece precision screwdriver set for handling tiny screws is usually adequate, along with a standard Philips head and a standard slotted head screwdriver.

Gripping tools such as pliers, needle nose pliers, and mini wrenches, from 5 mm to 11 mm, are also an essential part of any computer repair tool kit. Another great feature to have in a repair kit is a set of extension bars, 60 mm and 100 mm. The extension bars enable the technician to tighten screws and manipulate parts in hard-to-reach places.

Computer repair technicians are trained to solder parts when needed to repair a computer. Therefore, a good computer repair tool kit must contain a soldering stand; solder core, a soldering gun, heat sink, de-soldering pump, and soldering iron.

Of course you will also need a carrying case for all the parts and a parts box for small screws, wires, and the like.

Software Resources

In addition to these tools for working with computer hardware, a computer repair tool kit should also contain some basic software tools. Computer owners are notorious for losing their installation disks, so a computer technician should always carry boot disks for various operating systems like Microsoft Vista, Windows XP, and Linux.

One of the most common causes of computer malfunctions these days is infection of a PC with a computer virus, spyware, or malware. Therefore, a computer repair technician should always have spyware and malware analysis tools on hand as well as anti-viral software to vaccinate the customer's computer against future attacks.


Perhaps the most important tool in the computer repair tool kit is patience, to deal with the PC owner whose computer has mysteriously malfunctioned.